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Local program helps youth offenders repair harm done in communities

May 6, 2010

The Seward and Longfellow neighborhoods are working to give local youth offenders a second chance in their communities. The Seward Longfellow Restorative Justice Partnership offers first-time youth offenders...

First west bank world market to be held Saturday

May 5, 2010

The West Bank Business Association is determined to put a longtime vacant lot in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood to good use. The first âÄúWest Bank World MarketâÄù will be held Saturday...

Sigma Pi honors ‘unsung heroes’

May 2, 2010

From greasing squeaky chairs to ensuring that campus buildings have power, some students may not realize how much it takes to keep the University of Minnesota up and running. On Friday, Sigma Pi Fraternity...

Minn. program promotes smoke-free housing

April 28, 2010

Advocates and property owners are working to reduce the harmful effects of secondhand smoke in student housing. âÄúLive Smoke Free,âÄù is a grant-funded program of the Association for Nonsmokers-Minnesota,...

Doran Co. proposes new Dinkytown apartments

April 26, 2010

Plans for a new apartment complex in Dinkytown are in the works. Doran Companies, also responsible for the Sydney Hall development behind the Dinkydome, has submitted project plans to the city. The building...

Mary Mateer stands in front of her house in the Seward neighborhood. Mateer had rented the house in 1977 until she bought it in the late 1990s.

Seward attracts diverse residents

April 22, 2010

Longtime residents say the population of University of Minnesota students in the Seward neighborhood is growing, and theyâÄôre not surprised. The neighborhood, contained by Interstate 94 to the...

Green apartments proposed near U

April 19, 2010

Plans for an apartment building on Delaware Street near Huron Boulevard have been submitted to the city. The project would be constructed and managed by Solhem, a Minneapolis-based company that focuses...

U professors to volunteer in Haiti

April 14, 2010

Three University of Minnesota architecture professors will travel to Haiti on Friday to assess living conditions in refugee camps and consult on how to help rebuild communities displaced by the January...

Senior English and Political Science major Sarah Shook, left, and Senior Political Science and History major Alex Tenenbaum stand in front of Sigma Chi Fraternity on Monday. They are going to Washington D.C. to lobby a bill that will benefit Greek housing.

Greek students to support housing bill

April 14, 2010

Two University of Minnesota students will fly to Washington, D.C., on Friday to support the Collegiate Housing and Infrastructure Act of 2009, a bill that would allow private donors to make tax-deductible...

Prospect park appeal to halt local historic designation granted

April 8, 2010

The Minneapolis Zoning and Planning Commission granted an appeal from the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association to halt the process to determine if the neighborhood would become a local...

Riverside Plaza

Riverside Plaza to be renovated

April 5, 2010

Riverside Plaza will undergo major renovations this fall to improve energy efficiency. The rehab will include the replacement of roofs, windows and patio doors as well as an overhaul of the buildingsâÄô...

Sophomore A-List Vice President Melissa Zoerb, right  shows 8th grader Odia Ebojie, left, how to vote for The A-list on the Pepsi Refresh Project website Monday at the Brooklyn Center Junior High.  With the grant they would receive from Pepsi, the nonprofit would open an apparel store that would employ at-risk teen youth and serve as a place for positive afterschool programs.

Students among Pepsi Refresh Project finalists

April 5, 2010

A group of University of Minnesota students plan to open a business in Brooklyn Park, Minn., that will benefit local teens. The students are working to open The A-List, a snack and apparel shop that will...

Advocates work to close census gap

March 31, 2010

A group of University of Minnesota students and local organizations are working to overcome language and cultural barriers so that residents of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood are counted in this yearâÄôs...

Alpha Chi Omega hosts ‘Kristin’s Story’

March 28, 2010

Though nearly everyone realizes that being raped by a stranger causes the victim immense pain and anguish, some may not understand that being raped by an acquaintance or âÄúfriendâÄù can...

Rhea Igao, a former U of M student, helps resident Teresa Linberb in a Roseville home on Tuesday. ACR Homes is a company that provides housing and assistance for people with physical and mental disabilities.

Company provides disability services, student jobs

March 28, 2010

Whether helping them brush their teeth or spending holidays together, some University of Minnesota students and alumni have found an unexpected reward through their jobs: a âÄúsecond family.âÄù...

Program to educate homeowners

March 24, 2010

Homeowners near the University of Minnesota may soon be able to lower their utility bills through increased energy conservation. The University District Alliance has been accepted as part of the Community...

HPC hears concerns about Prospect Park preservation

March 23, 2010

Prospect Park resident Greg Rottach was frustrated after submitting an application to the city to replace his basement windows that contained lead-based paint. Rottach said he began the application process...

Mpls gets stabilization funding

March 21, 2010

With an estimated 2,500 properties to be foreclosed in Minneapolis this year, city officials have devised a plan to lessen the burden on local communities. The city will use $15.4 million in federal Neighborhood...

Landlords cut rent deal for police officers

March 10, 2010

A shared concern for livability issues in neighborhoods near the University has prompted a group of landlords to extend a generous offer to University of Minnesota police officers. On Tuesday, the University...

Stepping Stone House plans underway

Stepping Stone House plans underway

March 8, 2010

A select group of students may find it harder than most to adjust to the noises, scents and social scene of dorm life, but a planned housing development in Prospect Park will provide them with a more comfortable...

Bruininks responds to Como petition

March 7, 2010

Southeast Como residents are still worried about the unruly behavior of students who live in the neighborhood but have received word that the University of Minnesota will continue to lend its support....

Southeast Como receives awaited response from President Bruininks

March 5, 2010

Southeast Como residents are still worried about the unruly behavior of students who live in the neighborhood, but have received word that the University of Minnesota will continue to lend its support....

Historic district review continues for Prospect Park

March 3, 2010

Though Prospect Park residents and Minneapolis city officials agree they want to protect the historic character of the neighborhood, they canâÄôt agree on how to do it. The Minneapolis Heritage...

U center awarded grant

February 28, 2010

The University of MinnesotaâÄôs National Center for Food Protection and Defense has been awarded a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The center was established in...

Emerald ash borer infests Prospect Park

February 28, 2010

Prospect Park is the latest neighborhood to fall victim to a pesky insect that makes its home in ash trees. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed an infestation of emerald ash borer Thursday...

St. Paul attorney and chief prosecutor John Choi speaks to several ex-offenders, their families, and supporters at “Second Chance Day on the Hill,” on Monday at the State Capitol.  Among other restorative justice programs represented, the Second Chance Coalition seeks to help ex-offenders become productive members of their community.

Justice reformers gather at Capitol

February 22, 2010

Hundreds of ex-offenders and justice reform supporters gathered at the State Capitol on Monday for Second Chance Day on the Hill, an event to raise awareness of the barriers ex-offenders face and to encourage...

A participant in Phi Beta Sigma’s Hoops for Haiti basketball tournament runs down the court at a YMCA rec. center in North Minneapolis on Saturday. The basketball tournament raised money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Phi Beta Sigma hosts Hoops 4 Haiti

February 21, 2010

Though the earthquake in Haiti may have fallen to the back of some studentsâÄô minds, others are working to make sure its victims are not forgotten. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., a recently reinstated...

Plans underway for first Minneapolis ‘bicycle boulevard’

February 18, 2010

A new and improved way of bicycle transit in Minneapolis may be available by this time next year. Plans for a bicycle boulevard extending from Columbia Heights to Marcy-Holmes are underway. This would...

Light-rail construction will jam traffic

February 14, 2010

Construction of the Central Corridor light-rail line may cause some traffic jams in surrounding neighborhoods, but the University of Minnesota is working to make the construction less bothersome. The University...

Fairview to close pool

February 8, 2010

Plans to close the 52-year-old therapeutic pool located on the University of MinnesotaâÄôs West Bank campus are being met with heavy opposition from neighborhood residents and commuting patrons....

Local apartment complex approved

February 7, 2010

Plans to construct an upscale apartment complex in the Prospect Park neighborhood are in the works. In October, the City Planning Commission approved plans to build Eagle Crossing Apartments on the 600...